Richard Bernstein

Richard Bernstein (born May 5, 1944) is an American journalist, columnist, and author. He writes the Letter from America column for The International Herald Tribune. He was a book critic at The New York Times and a foreign correspondent for both Time magazine and The New York Times in Europe and Asia.

Richard Bernstein
BornMay 5, 1944 (age 74)
EducationB.A., University of Connecticut
M.A., Harvard University
OccupationJournalist, columnist, author
Notable credit(s)
The International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, Time
Spouse(s)Zhongmei Li
WebsiteRandom House

Early life and education

Richard Bernstein was born to a Jewish family[1] in New York City but grew up on a poultry farm in East Haddam, Connecticut. After graduating from Nathan Hale-Ray High School, he earned a B.A. in history from the University of Connecticut and an M.A. in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University.[2] In 1971, he moved to Taiwan to study Chinese.[2]


In 1973, Bernstein joined the staff of Time magazine tasked with writing about Asia. In 1979, he opened the magazine's first bureau in the People's Republic of China and served as the first Beijing bureau chief. In 1982, he accepted a position with The New York Times where he served as the United Nations Bureau Chief, Paris Bureau Chief, National Cultural Correspondent, book critic,[3] and Berlin Bureau Chief.

Published works

External video
Discussion with Bernstein and Ross Munro on The Coming Conflict with China, February 21, 1997, C-SPAN
Booknotes interview with Bernstein on The Coming Conflict with China, May 11, 1997, C-SPAN
Presentation by Bernstein on Dictatorship of Virtue, October 30, 1997, C-SPAN
Presentation by Bernstein on Ultimate Journey, March 27, 2001, C-SPAN
Presentation by Bernstein on China 1945, November 14, 2014, C-SPAN

Bernstein's first book, From the Center of the Earth: The Search for the Truth About China (1982), was named one of the "Notable Books of the Year 1982" by The New York Times and solidified his reputation as a China expert.[4] The Coming Conflict with China (1997) was chosen as one of The New York Times "Notable Books of the Year 1997."[5]


  • From the Center of the Earth: The Search for the Truth About China (1982)
  • Fragile Glory: A Portrait of France and the French (1990)
  • Dictatorship of Virtue: Multiculturalism and the Battle for America's Future (1994)
  • The Coming Conflict with China (1997), with Ross. H. Munro
  • Ultimate Journey: Retracing the Path of an Ancient Buddhist Monk Who Crossed Asia in Search of Enlightenment (2001)
  • Out of the Blue: The Story of September 11, 2001, from Jihad to Ground Zero (2002)
  • The East, the West, and Sex: A History of Erotic Encounters (2009)
  • A Girl Named Faithful Plum: The Story of a Dancer from China and How She Achieved Her Dream (2012)
  • China 1945 (2014)

Personal life

Bernstein lives in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City, New York, with his wife Zhongmei Li, a famous Chinese classical dancer who worked with Jia Zhoungli and whom he met at a New York film screening.[1] Zhongmei attended the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy for 7 years (1978-1984) and founded the New York-based Zhongmei Dance Company in 1992.[6]


  1. ^ a b New York Times: "The Meaning of Life and his son" By ALEXANDER FRATER March 25, 2001
  2. ^ a b Richard Bernstein website: "About Me" retrieved February 16, 2013
  3. ^ "The Times Names New Book Critic", The New York Times, 7 February 1995.
  4. ^ Biography, Master Media Speakers
  5. ^ Notable Books of the Year, 1997, The New York Times, 7 December 1997.
  6. ^ Zhongmei Dance Company: about Zhongmei Li retrieved February 16, 2013

External links

Black Sea (book)

Black Sea is a non-fiction book of travel and history by the Scottish writer Neal Ascherson. Its subject is the Black Sea and its surrounding lands. On its publication in 1995, the book received high praise from critics such as Richard Bernstein, Timothy Garton Ash, Karl Miller and Noel Malcolm. Black Sea won the Saltire Award for Literature in 1995 and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for History in 1996.

Deaths in October 2002

The following is a list of notable deaths in October 2002.

Entries for each day are listed alphabetically by surname. A typical entry lists information in the following sequence:

Name, age, country of citizenship at birth, subsequent country of citizenship (if applicable), reason for notability, cause of death (if known), and reference.

Eaton Vance

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Frieder Burda

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From Hell It Came

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German Visa Affair 2005

The visa affair is the name given by the German press to the controversy that arose in early 2005 over a change in the procedure for issuing visas to foreign nationals seeking to enter Germany from non-EU, Eastern European states. The new visa policy put in place in 2000, it was claimed, dispensed with safeguards against abuses such as illegal immigration and human trafficking in favour of speeding up the issuing process for tourist visas. The affair prompted the resignation of the responsible Minister of State Ludger Volmer of the Green party from his roles in the Bundestag foreign affairs committee and as foreign affairs spokesperson of his party. The claims severely damaged the reputation of his party colleague, Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer. The allegation was that changes had been made to the previous tougher visa rules, without correct political procedure. Some commentators have suggested that the increase in the number of Ukrainians visiting Germany may have promoted a more positive view of Western Europe, assisting the Orange Revolution.

Grace Jones

Grace Beverly Jones OJ (born 19 May 1948) is a Jamaican-American supermodel, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Born in Jamaica, she moved when she was 13, along with her siblings, to live with her parents in Syracuse, New York. Jones began her modelling career in New York state, then in Paris, working for fashion houses such as Yves St. Laurent and Kenzo, and appearing on the covers of Elle and Vogue. She worked with photographers such as Jean-Paul Goude, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, and Hans Feurer, and became known for her distinctive androgynous appearance and bold features.

Beginning in 1977, Jones embarked on a music career, securing a record deal with Island Records and initially becoming a star of New York City's Studio 54-centered disco scene. In the early 1980s, she moved toward a new wave style that drew on reggae, funk, post-punk and pop music, frequently collaborating with both the graphic designer Jean-Paul Goude and the musical duo Sly & Robbie. Her most popular albums include Warm Leatherette (1980), Nightclubbing (1981), and Slave to the Rhythm (1985). She scored Top 40 entries on the UK Singles Chart with "Pull Up to the Bumper", "I've Seen That Face Before", "Private Life", and "Slave to the Rhythm". In 1982, she released the music video collection A One Man Show, directed by Goude.

Jones appeared in some low-budget films in the US during the 1970s and early 1980s. In 1984, she made her first mainstream appearance as Zula in the fantasy-action film Conan the Destroyer alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sarah Douglas, and subsequently appeared in the 1985 James Bond movie A View to a Kill as May Day. In 1986, she played a vampire in Vamp, and acted in and contributed a song to the 1992 Eddie Murphy film Boomerang. She appeared alongside Tim Curry in the 2001 film Wolf Girl. For her work in Conan the Destroyer, A View to a Kill, and Vamp, she was nominated for Saturn Awards for Best Supporting Actress.

In 1999, Jones ranked 82nd on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and in 2008, she was honored with a Q Idol Award. Jones influenced the cross-dressing movement of the 1980s and has been an inspiration for artists including Annie Lennox, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Lorde, Róisín Murphy, Brazilian Girls, Nile Rodgers, Santigold, and Basement Jaxx. In December 2016, Billboard magazine ranked her as the 40th most successful dance artist of all time.

Hershel Shanks

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For more than forty years, Shanks has communicated the world of biblical archaeology to general readers by magazines, books, and conferences. Shanks is "probably the world's most influential amateur Biblical archaeologist," according to New York Times book critic Richard Bernstein.In a famous legal case before the Israeli Supreme Court in 1993, Shanks and others were successfully sued by leading Dead Sea Scrolls scholar Elisha Qimron for breach of copyright when Shanks, without permission, published material written by Qimron in A Facsimile Edition of the Dead Sea Scrolls. In 2000, Shanks had his appeal dismissed against the earlier decision.Shanks was the editor of Moment Magazine for 15 years from 1987.Shanks's television appearances include Who Wrote the Bible? (1996), The Naked Archaeologist (2005), and Mysteries of the Bible.He used the pseudonym "Adam Mikaya" for a few articles published in the Biblical Archaeology Review.

Interview (magazine)

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My Century

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Each chapter in My Century is only a few pages long. Each focuses on a single year from 1900-1999. The story of each year is told differently, expressed by changes in time, place, narrator and literary style.

Reinhard Bütikofer

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Richard Bernstein (artist)

Richard Frederick Bernstein (October 31, 1939 – October 18, 2002) was an American artist associated with pop art and the circle of Andy Warhol.

For nearly 20 years he was the cover artist for Interview Magazine.

Richard Bernstein (bass)

Richard Bernstein (born July 30, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American bass. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York, with his three siblings, all of whom have followed artistic pursuits, and spent his high school years in Colorado. He attended the University of Southern California and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance. He is currently a member of the Metropolitan Opera; 2018–19 is his 24th consecutive season with the company; he sang his 400th Met performance on January 27, 2018 and has been a part of more than 125 international live broadcasts with the company.The 2018/19 season with the Metropolitan Opera he will perform Pistola in Falstaff, Zuniga in Carmen, Bello in La Fanciulla del West, 2nd Armored Man in The Magic Flute and Commissioner #2 in Dialogues des Carmélites while also covering roles in Gianni Schicchi, Samson et Dalila, Adriana Lecouvrer, Tosca and Siegfried.

In the 2017/18 season with the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Bernstein performed in Die Zauberflöte – both the full-length opera in German and a family-friendly abridged version in English – Tosca and Parsifal, while also covering roles Le nozze di Figaro, Elektra, Roméo et Juliette, and the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel (new production). In addition he performed the role of Angelotti in Tosca with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin, bass soloist in Beethoven’s magisterial Ninth Symphony with the New Jersey Choral Society, and returned to one of his touchstone roles: Leporello in Don Giovanni, at Chautauqua Opera.

Richard Bernstein (disambiguation)

Richard Bernstein is a New York Times columnist.

Richard Bernstein may also refer to:

Richard B. Bernstein (born 1956), constitutional historian and CCNY lecturer in law and political science

Richard Barry Bernstein (1923–1990), American chemist

Richard H. Bernstein (born 1974), American lawyer and Michigan supreme court justice; first blind supreme court justice in the United States

Richard K. Bernstein (born 1934), American physician

Richard J. Bernstein (born 1932), American philosopher

Richard Bernstein (artist) (1939–2002), American artist, illustrated covers of Interview magazine

Richard Bernstein (bass) (born 1966), opera singer at the Metropolitan Opera

Richard H. Bernstein

Richard H. Bernstein (born November 9, 1974) is an American lawyer and Michigan Supreme Court Justice. He practiced at The Law Offices of Sam Bernstein in Farmington Hills, Michigan, before being elected to the Michigan Supreme Court. He was an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan and served on the Wayne State University Board of Governors for one eight-year term, including two years as vice chair and two more as chair until deciding not to seek re-election in 2010 for a second term beginning in 2011. In November 2014, Bernstein was elected to serve an 8-year term on the Michigan Supreme Court. Bernstein has been classified as legally blind since birth as a result of retinitis pigmentosa.

Richard J. Bernstein

Richard Jacob Bernstein (born May 14, 1932) is an American philosopher who teaches at The New School for Social Research, and has written extensively about a broad array of issues and philosophical traditions including American pragmatism, neopragmatism, critical theory, deconstruction, social philosophy, political philosophy, and Hermeneutics. His work is best known for the way in which it examines the intersections between different philosophical schools and traditions, bringing together thinkers and philosophical insights that would otherwise remain separated by the analytic/continental divide in 20th century philosophy. The pragmatic and dialogical ethos that pervades his works has also been displayed in a number of philosophical exchanges with other contemporary thinkers like Hannah Arendt, Jürgen Habermas, Richard Rorty, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Jacques Derrida, Agnes Heller, and Charles Taylor. Bernstein is an engaged public intellectual concerned not only with the specialized debates of academic philosophy, but also with the larger issues that touch upon social, political, and cultural aspects of contemporary life. Throughout his life Bernstein has actively endorsed a number of social causes and has been involved in movements of participatory democracy, upholding some of the cardinal virtues of the American pragmatist tradition, including a commitment to fallibilism, engaged pluralism, and the nurturing of critical communities.

The Danish Girl

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The Sam Bernstein Law Firm

The Sam Bernstein Law Firm, formerly known as The Law Offices of Sam Bernstein and The Law Offices of Samuel I. Bernstein, is an American law firm, located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The firm specializes in personal injury law. In 2008, its main office employed approximately 50 employees.

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